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For this offering Holger Danske have opted for a Danish/American style of moist and sticky sweet Black Cavendish. The tobacco is first fermented at the plantation before being given a second steaming at the (Planta) factory. This dual fermentation results in an extremely mellow and cool smoking tobacco. From the pouch you are greeted by a sweet aroma of Black Cavendish with an underlying aroma of nougat, chocolate and raisin.

BrandHolger Danske
Blended ByPlanta
Blend TypeVirginia Based
ContentsBlack Cavendish, Virginia
FlavoringCocoa / Chocolate, Fruit / Citrus, Sweet / Sugar
CutRibbon
Packaging50 g Pouch
CountryDK
ProductionCurrently available
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Very Mild, Mild
Flavoring
Medium
Taste
Mild to Medium, Medium
Room Note
Pleasant
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StevieB Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
StevieB (1469)
★★★★
Very Mild Medium Mild to Medium Pleasant

Holger Danske Double Fermented. The mixture is mostly black pieces but it does contain a small proportion of light yellow ribbons which stand out as they are much larger than the rest. The topping comes across very full in the aroma, it smells real sweet but there is also a plum/prune addition in the smell. The mix is only slightly moist, not 'wet' but a very short airing benefits the burn. Once lit the flavour matches what I anticipated from the aroma, it has a sweet taste with a slight fruity addition, I use the word 'slight' exactly as it is intended! It burns good, it doesn't keep going out but holds the light well. The temperature of the smoke is just what the description says... cool! The nicotine isn't much in this one, pleasantly mild or extremely feeble, either description fits the bill! Onto a lower point, the room note, well to be fair the note isn't the problem as that's OK as it's a quite standard sweet Black Cavendish one but the problem lies with the quantity of smoke, I had my window open and feared the neighbours would call the fire brigade because of all the smoke! Tongue bite doesn't occur to me with this, I can really suck the guts out of it and it still remains cool and bite free. Providing it has had a little extra drying time there isn't much dottle at the end but my first smoke was a little damp still and that caused a small amount. I can see how some people may not like this as it has the quintessential 'gloopy' aromatic attributes but I find full/heavy tobaccos such as this a pleasing change of pace. Four stars but only as a rare treat!

Pipe Used: Erik Nording Bent Dublin Royal Flush King

Age When Smoked: New

Purchased From: G.Q Tobaccos

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Telling it how it is. Reviewed By DateRating StrengthFlavoringTasteRoom Note
Telling it how it is. (73)
★★☆☆
Mild Medium Medium Pleasant

Upon opening, the tobacco was on the dry side of being nicely conditioned, so i could pack and light up right away without any hassle. The pouch aroma has some fruit, vanilla, coconut smell to it as well as some chemical / artificial by-smell copyrighted by Planta.

Packing and lighting offer no challenge. Unfortunately the taste of the smoke is completely uninteresting, its sort of artificial fruity/coconut taste with some light sweetness and some very slight marzipan taste every now and then. When you light the pipe you get a dozend deja vus because you had that taste dozends of times allready. Its like all those other heavily aromatised tobaccoless blends with some fruit note to it.

Burn is nice and even. Flavouring lasts alot longer than expected but during the last quarter its time to empty out the bowl. Room note is pleasant but i do not like how intrusive the smell of the smoke sticks to your skin, clothes and hair. Its a good smell but by far not good enough to be used as a perfume, which i am forced to if i want to smoke this blend.

Ghosting of your pipes is heavy as to be expected.

But now for the question we all want to have answered: is it really as smooth to the tongue as advertised? Yes! Yes, it is, very much so. I deliberately overheated it, drew to often, packed it wrong. But it just was entirely unimpressed by all that. It stayed smooth and mild to your tongue, no burn, no nip, no nothing. That double fermenting seems to pay off.

Funnily the aftertaste of this blend is a real treat. It is the same fruity / sweetish taste but alot smoother and more balanced than the actual smoke. If the taste of this blend would be like its aftertaste i would have rated it alot higher.

So, do i recommend this blend? Nah, not really. The only reason where i somewhat recommend it is if you are into tobacoless heavy aromatics and every blend so far seems to be on warfare with your tongue. In that case you may give it a try and if its just to give your tongue and palette some peace and quiet.

Pipe Used: Aldo Morelli 187

Similar Blends: Well, its not alot different than any other fruity heavy aromatic coming from Planta or other German / European makers..

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